Larry, one of my readers, recently turned me on to Picasa after reading about my need to better utilize white balance and my struggles with tech support at Adobe, re: their acursed Photoshop program. I uploaded Picasa from Google, and low and behold it worked right away. Here are the results of a few recent shots with some tweaking via Picasa.
Blue Bottle Coffee at Equator Books in Venice. Yes, Matt. I still think it is the best coffee on the planet after back-to-back taste testings at Equator and Intelligentsia last weekend. No more cuppings at Intelligentsia, sadly. That was solely a grand opening event.
Below hot chocolate, espresso and a drip from Intelligentsia, Venice. Picasa allows me to make a watermark on my photos. I never really thought this was necessary, after all who would steal the photos of a lowly blogger with a day job? Corby Kummer for one, that's who. And me. I took one of Caroline on Crack's twitter photos the other day in an insomniac haze and didn't credit her til she reminded me. Taking someone's image without proper credit is a huge issue in internet publishing. HUGE! Do I like this watermark? Maybe I do. It's small, it's subtle, and it's fairly effortless.
And a beautiful peach dessert from Ludobites...when originally posted was quite dark with few highlights and an inability to make out the curry on and under the mascarpone.
This is actually much truer to the color of the dessert. It is going to take some playing with in order to make sure the edits really represent what I saw, and don't end up looking artificial. I see strange highlights and a slightly alien cast to the photos of some of my peers that I want to be sure to avoid.
A ridiculously delicious slider from an otherwise challenging dinner at One Sunset. This was previously way too dark to even consider publishing. At a blogger dinner hosted by the One Group, we barely had candlelight to aid in shot making.
Thank you, Larry. You have done me a solid.